RPS Employee Accused of Inappropriately Touching 8-Year-Old Student

September 25, 2017 05:56 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Charges are on the way for a man accused of inappropriately touching a young girl at a Rochester Public Schools building.

Back in May, police say an 8-year-old girl told her mom that 29-year-old Nicholas Keller touched her inappropriately. An investigation with the Rochester Police Department started two days later.


Keller worked for the Rochester Public Schools' School Aged Child Care program at Sunset Terrace Elementary School (SACC)--and police say he touched the eight-year-old victim multiple times.

According to Rochester Police, an investigation began after a series of alleged sexual abuse complaints against Keller.  The criminal complaint states the 8-year-old told police Keller had touched her "pee-pee" while sitting by herself on mats in the gym.

She also told the investigator Keller touched her again while she was taking a math test.

"While these charges may just be coming about now, our investigation was ongoing the entire time, you know sometimes these things take time," said Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin.

Captain Sherwin said there were specifically trained investigators used to interview multiple children. 

"There are certain procedures that we must follow when you're interviewing young kids to determine the validity and credibility of what children say," Captain Sherwin said.

A representative for Rochester Public Schools said Keller was employed for 10.5 years.

The school district released a statement saying, "The district has been made aware of a pending criminal matter involving a former RPS employee. Safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We know there is no ongoing risk to any student or employee in this matter."

"It's important to have those kinds of conversations with our children, not when this kind of stuff happens, but always to keep our children safe and informed," said a mother whose children go to Sunset Terrace, Tania Rhiger.

Throughout the investigation over the summer, Rochester Police said they also found multiple images of child pornography on Keller’s computer in July.

"It's a reflection that there are bad people in this world and it would be shocking and concerning as a parent," said Captain Sherwin. 

"I do, you know, wish the best for the young girl and all those involved," Rhiger said.

The Rochester Police Department will be at the Edison building on October 4th at 5 p.m. to answer any questions from parents regarding this case.


Marissa Collins

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